clove

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1clove

noun \ˈklōv\

Definition of CLOVE

:  one of the small bulbs (as in garlic) developed in the axils of the scales of a large bulb

Origin of CLOVE

Middle English, from Old English clufu; akin to Old English clēofan to cleave
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with CLOVE

2clove

Definition of CLOVE

past of cleave

3clove

noun \ˈklōv\

Definition of CLOVE

:  the dried flower bud of a tropical tree (Syzygium aromaticum syn. Eugenia aromatica) of the myrtle family that is used as a spice and is the source of an oil; also :  this tree

Origin of CLOVE

alteration of Middle English clowe, from Anglo-French clou (de girofle), literally, nail of clove, from Latin clavus nail
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

clove

noun \ˈklōv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CLOVE

1
a : the pungent fragrant aromatic reddish brown dried flower bud of a tropical evergreen tree (Syzygium aromaticum) of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) that yields clove oil b : a spice consisting of whole or ground cloves—usually used in plural
2
: the tree that is the source of cloves and is probably native to the Moluccas but is now widely cultivated in the tropics

clove

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Small, reddish brown flower bud of the tropical evergreen tree Syzygium aromaticum (sometimes called Eugenia caryophyllata), of the myrtle family. The tree is believed to be native to the Moluccas of Indonesia. Cloves were important in the earliest spice trade. With a strong aroma and hot and pungent taste, they are used to flavour many foods. Clove oil is sometimes used as a local anesthetic for toothaches. Eugenol, its principal ingredient, is used in germicides, perfumes, and mouthwashes, in the synthesis of vanillin, and as a sweetener or flavour intensifier.

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